Warning over Bristol to Bath cycle path after head-on smash
A WOMAN has urged cyclists to slow down on Bristol's busiest cycle path after she was hit head-on.
Kim Tanner was on her way home from work when she was hit by another cyclist on the wrong side of the track "hurtling" towards her on the Clay Bottom bend of the Bristol to Bath Cycle Path.
The accident left the 28-year-old from Staple Hill lacerated, bruised and anxious.
She told the Post that she hopes "reckless" cyclists will stick to the rules in order to avoid potentially life-threatening collisions in the future.
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Mrs Tanner said the incident took place at around 4.30pm on September 27. She said: "I was involved in a head-on collision with another cyclist who was wearing full racing gear and standing up on her pedals. She was hurtling towards me on the wrong side of a blind bend despite there being signs clearly warning cyclists to slow down and keep left. I had no time to avoid her.
"Despite my protests that she was travelling too fast and on the wrong side of the path, the woman simply said, 'these things happen'."
Mrs Tanner said that it was only after the crash that she realised her trousers were badly torn and she had sustained a six-inch laceration on her thigh.
"I began to shake, and burst into tears," she told the Post. "I had to phone my husband to come and pick me up as I was too shaken up to cycle home."
By the next day, extensive bruising had appeared on Mrs Tanner's leg.
She said: "The trauma of the incident is still causing me to shake and feel physically sick at times."
Mrs Tanner said that the shock of the accident also left her feeling anxious as she returned to the spot where she was knocked off.
She said: "I consider myself a pretty strong person. But when I got back on my bike to cycle to work on Monday, I was jumpy and anxious when anything came into my vision.
"As I approached the bend where the incident occurred, I began to feel nauseous, and slowed down to an almost complete stop.
"I feel my confidence may take some time to return and I hope that the woman who caused the collision will have learnt something from it. I hope she will refrain from such reckless cycling in future – especially if she could see the photo of my injuries."
Mrs Tanner warned that unless cyclists took more responsibility on the path, there is a danger of more serious injury or possible death.
She said: "People frequently complain to the Post about cyclists on the pavements, and, it is true, some cyclists have little regard for the safety of pedestrians. My experience has shown me that some also have scant regard for other users of cycle paths – a small child or elderly person could have been badly injured or even killed by the thoughtless woman who collided with me.
"The cycle path is not a race track and can be very busy at the start and finish of school and in the rush hour.
"Please, fellow cyclists, use some common sense and respect the cycle path etiquette to prevent a repeat of what happened to me."